Monday, March 12, 2012

Why Thomas Mulcair is not good for Canada

Mulcar: Not good for Canada at this time
I have liked Mulcair's energy, his fighting spirit, his presentation of his arguments, and his willingness to mix it with those who oppose him.

However, I do not believe that having Mulcair as the next leader of the NDP is in the interests of the majority of Canadians.

I believe the main objective of the two opposition parties should be to remove Stephen Harper's Tories as the government of our country, so that we can put behind us the regressive, mean-spirited, Republican-influenced methods and ideology that party brings to the  table.
We need to restore the dignity of our Parliament, and make it a place where the wishes of the majority of Canadians are taken into account by our government, and not just those of a minority.

Thomas Mulcair would make a good leader of a party like the NDP, but he is not the right man for Canada at this time.

He has very clearly shown that he prefers going it alone, and would not consider any pre-election electoral cooperation with the Liberal Party, nor any post-election  coalition with that party.

Hat tip to Teraherz for bringing this quote of Mulcair to our attention – Mulcair's interview with Huffington:

One thing Mulcair is clear on is that he’ll go after Liberal supporters, but won’t work with the rival party.

“N.O.,” he told HuffPost. The NDP tried to form a coalition with the Liberals in 2008 and then the Grits “lifted their noses up on it,” Mulcair said.

The coalition experience taught Mulcair everything he needs to know about the Liberals. They’re untrustworthy and he said he’ll never work with them again, whether in a formal or informal coalition.

Canada would be far better served if NDP supporters voted for Nathan Cullen as their first choice, and for either Nash or Topp as their second choice.

We cannot afford another 5 or 10 years of Tory government, and if Mulcair is elected leader of the NDP, then we will end up with that.


  1. Your arguments are pretty weak!

    There is a lot of chances that Cullen's plan will fail. The Liberals party don't even a real chief. After their leadership race, Libs will not want to cooperate with the NDP.

    Don't get me wrong I really like Nathan Cullen, but I just can see your comment as an empty anti-Mulcair thing.

  2. During the past six months, Canadians who have supported some type of cooperation agreement between the Liberals and NDP have been mostly Liberals. It is a desperate move to stop the NDP from being the official opposition or forming the government around three and a half years from now.

    If the seat distribution between the Liberals and NDP had been reversed, we would not be hearing of any cooperation proposals coming from the Liberals.

    Now Nathan Cullen is a nice guy. However, he doesn't have the stature that Thomas Mulcair or Bob Rae has. If Bob Rae becomes the permanent leader of the Liberal Party, I don't think he will want to form a cooperation agreement with Nathan Cullen. Bob Rae has enough stature to lead the Liberal Party that will challenge Stephen Harper's Conservatives either by defeating the Conservatives or reducing them to a minority.

    Liberals who have joined the NDP and are supporting Nathan Cullen are doing so because he would be a weak leader compared to Thomas Mulcair and Bob Rae for the Liberals.

  3. I'm not convinced that a merger of Liberals and the NDP would result in the gain of all supporters of both parties. Blue Liberals may be unwilling to be part of a group that will likely spend our country into oblivion...and could very well hold their noses and vote CPC just to avoid such a scenario. Additionally, the increase in NDP policies which closely mirror that of the separatist Bloc, may also drive away people who worry about how Quebec would once again have an unequal say in the policies which guide our country. I can see this alienating voters in Ontario and driving more traditional LPC votes to the Tories to stop a LPC/NDP government. I believe there will also be bleeding of support in ON due to voter's memories of their last NDP government, which almost bankrupted the province. I don't believe the goal of beating the CPC in an election is as simple as a merger of these two parties. Tory messaging in an election would surely highlight the three issues I have mentioned.

  4. I can tell you that as a card carrying Liberal, I would have absolutely no interest in cooperating with a hard-left NDP leader such as Nash. I can keep an open mind with Cullen, Dewar, Mulcair, and even Topp due to his Roy Romanow connections but I have no interest in dealing with a hard-left Nash. If Nash is the next NDP leader I think we as Liberals can go it alone and allow the NDP to self-destruct.


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